Ibn Abi Tahir Tayfur

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Ibn Abi Tahir Tayfur (b.819/d.August 893) was an Iranian linguist and poet of Arabic language. He was born in Baghdad. Tayfur was his father's name who was from Khorasan, Persia. He played an important role in Arabic literature revolution. Ibn Abi Tahir Tayfur was the first writer who devoted a book to writers. He was buried in Bab al-Sham cemetery, where personages of note were buried.


  • Kitab al-Manthur wa al-Manzum (Book of prose and poetry), in three volumes. This book is the first attested multi-author anthology of prose writing and poetry epistles.
  • Kitab Baghdad (Book of Baghdad), 6 volumes, but only one survived.
  • Balaghat al-Nisa (the eloquence of women).
  • Kitab Sariqat Abi Tammama (book of borrowings/plagiarism of Abi Tammama)
  • Al-Mushtaq. This, along with the romantic literature of Muhammad bin Dawud al-Zahiri and Ibn Qutaybah, were considered by lexocographer Ibn Duraid to be the three most important works for those who wished to speak and write eloquently.[1][2]

In addition, there are scattered quotation of his works and hundreds verses of his poetry which have survived.

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  1. ^ Shawkat M. Toorawa, "Defing Adab by re-defining the Adib: Ibn Abi Tahir Tayfur and storytelling." Taken from On Fiction and Adab in Medieval Arabic Literature, pg. 303. Ed. Philip F. Kennedy. Volume 6 of Studies in Arabic language and literature. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2005. ISBN 9783447051828
  2. ^ Shawkat M. Toorawa, "Ibn Abi Tayfur versus al-Jahiz." Taken from ʻAbbasid Studies: Occasional Papers of the School of ʻAbbasid Studies, pg. 250. Ed. James Edward Montgomery. Volume 135 of Orientalia Lovaniensia analecta. Peeters Publishers, 2004. ISBN 9789042914339